What happens when you quit smoking suddenly?
There are plenty of reasons why people choose not to quit smoking. For a start, the process can be long and draining; it requires considerable energy and long-term commitment from people that sometimes don’t have the willpower. There are also a number of nasty withdrawal symptoms that can inhibit everyday life.
The major reason why people put off abstaining from smoking, however, is because the majority see the damage as already being done. They think that after years of smoking, their bodies are now beyond repair. This instills a negative mind-set, where people think: what’s the point?
But this the problem. Smokers underestimate the body’s amazing ability to heal itself. It’s a process that’s far quicker than most people think. Even though smoking is an addiction that manifests over a number of years, the benefits from quitting are noticeable just hours after you make the initial decision to stop.
As a smoking cessation service, we want to make smokers aware of the body’s incredible healing capacity – and fast. We hope our step-by-step timeline outlines the general progression to a much healthier life, and inspires many people addicted to smoking, to stop today.
What happens to your body after you quit smoking?
As soon as you resist the urge to reach for another cigarette, the healing process begins. Here’s what you can expect to experience form hours to years after you decide to quit.
In as little as 20 minutes, your pulse and blood pressure will start to return to normal. Your hands and feet will also return to a normal temperature.
Let’s say you quit smoking at the start of a working day; by the end of the day, you’ll have half the amount of carbon monoxide and nicotine in your bloodstream. You will likely experience some minor cravings throughout the day, but these usually only last between 5 – 10 minutes.
All of the carbon monoxide is flushed out of your body. Your lungs are also getting rid of all of the mucus and gunk that has built up over the years. You also experience improved taste and smell. These are the early stages of noticeable changes.
It’s worth mentioning, however, that at this stage you’re likely to experience some of the most challenging and taxing withdrawal symptoms. Keep going though, it gets much easier from here.
At this point, you’ll notice vast improvements in your breathing. This is because your bronchial tubes have started to relax.
2 – 12 Weeks
Some of the biggest steps towards freedom are made at this stage of your recovery. Your lungs are stronger and clear of the mucus and gunk that has restricted your capacity in years gone by. Because of this and enhanced blood circulation, you can now do far more – everyday life becomes a lot easier.
3 – 9 Months
Your immune system has come on leaps and bounds and your lung function increases by 10%. You can now take much deeper and clearer breaths. All in all, things are looking up.
After 1 Year
You’ve made it to a whole year without smoking. A brilliant achievement that needs rewarding. Luckily, after a year of abstaining from smoking, your risk of having a heart attack has halved compared to that of a smoker. These are big steps towards long-term healthy living.
After a decade without touching a cigarette, your chances of lung cancer have now halved compared to that of someone who smokes.
Do your lungs stay black after you quit smoking?
Despite our bodies’ immense healing ability, there is still some confusion around our lungs and whether they return to normal. ‘Smokers lungs’ have a blackish or brownish colouration, a diminished capacity and increased bacteria. So, what happens to your lungs when you quit smoking?
The fact is, many cases of lung damage are irreversible. But it does all depend on how many packets of cigarettes you smoke. If you’re a heavy smoker for most of your life, it’s likely your lungs are damaged beyond repair. You’re likely to experience long-term inflammation and scarring, which is a big reason why lungs turn black.
If you’re a casual – or social smoker as it’s more commonly known – your lungs will probably make a full recovery. But this does not mean we can afford to take our bodies’ healing ability for granted. 30% of cancers are related to smoking, which means not everyone is this lucky when it comes to recovery. As a London-based smoking cessation treatment provider, we believe there’s one way to avoid all of the risks attached to smoking – a clear and simple message: stop smoking London!
A New Smoking Cessation Service
There’s no denying that smoking is difficult to quit. The first few stages do throw up some withdrawal symptoms which are hard to manage. But once you make it past these, it’s a relatively easy transition to a new life free of smoking.
People often delay the quitting process because of its longevity. What if there was a simple fix? At EKCL, we provide a quick and effective way to quit smoking. You may not believe us, but it’s possible to quit 20 years of smoking, in just 20 minutes.
Through the principles of electrotherapy, we get to the root of your smoking issue. If you or anyone else you know is struggling with smoking and need help, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our treatment is non-invasive, completely confidential and scientifically proven. Start your journey to freedom today!